The City of Toronto and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to engage in mutual co-operation and advance their common interests in the creative screen industries in Toronto and India.
- Toronto Mayor – John Tory
- Consul General of India in Toronto – Akhilesh Mishra
- 20 member delegation from Film, Animation, and Visual Effects industry taken by FICCI-Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming & Comics Forum Chairman – Dr Ashish Kulkarni
- To foster business partnerships, linkages and exchanges that will act as a catalyst for new investment and knowledge sharing opportunities.
- To provide assistance or any facilities necessary for trade missions, summits, seminars, festivals and other similar activities.
- Toronto is the first municipality in Canada to sign an agreement stemming from an audio- visual, co-production treaty established in 2014 between the governments of India and Canada.
- Also this is the first Indian 20 member delegation from Film, Animation, and Visual Effects industry taken by FICCI to Toronto, Canada after signing of the co- production agreement between two countries.
- FICCI established in 1927, on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi by GD Birla and Purushottam Das Thakurdas
- Motto – Industry’s Voice for Policy Change
- FICCI President – Jyotsna Suri
The visit of the Indian films delegation coincides with the opening of the 40th Toronto International Films Festival that will open with Deepa Mehta’s newest feature film “Biba Boys” which is a portrayal of how young Indo-Canadians are getting involved in drugs and gangs.